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Scenic Alabama presentation about the negative effects of billboards in communities. We support scenic highways and sign control in communities.

Scenic Alabama presentation about the negative effects of billboards in communities. We support scenic highways and sign control in communities.

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  • Beautiful roadways appeal to visitors and residents alike.
  • Or do we want “litter on a stick” to be our experience?
  • Trees, skies and natural beauty…
  • Or ugly, distracting, overwhelming signs.
  • Many billboards do not promote local venues. This billboard is in Jasper, Ala.
  • Content on billboards cannot be controlled by the government.
  • What do you want people to think of your community?
  • What do you want families to see when they enter your city?
  • Even suggestive advertising cannot be outlawed.
  • Cities have tried unsuccessfully to limit the kinds of businesses that advertise.
  • It’s hard to promote a family-friendly town when this is what visitors see.
  • Billboard companies claim their product is essential for travelers. How?
  • Although billboards can make for some ironic juxtapositions.
  • Billboards can generate controversy and “billboard wars”.
  • Once a billboard is up, people want to be as “in your face” as possible with them.
  • Here are some more examples of bad billboards
  • They overwhelm homes, and if they are converted to LED, they cause light pollution.
  • Billboards are a blight in historic neighborhoods. This is now a digital billboard.
  • Digital Boards like this one are a new problem.
  • They are bright – even glaring – and quite distracting
  • They dominate the streetscape – which of course is what the billboard company wants. But at what price?
  • This one at the San Francisco Bay Bridge has caused a big public outcry
  • Business is better without billboards. Birmingham’s Five Points South was a blighted area in the 1980s.
  • When the billboards were removed and other improvements made, the area prospered.
  • Today, it is the entertainment center of the city. Frank Stitt’s nationally renowned Highlands Bar and Grill is here.
  • Unincorporated “pockets” of land allowed billboards to destroy lovely views, this one along the Cahaba River.
  • Billboards can distract on roadways where attention is vital.
  • This is the McCalla area with enormous billboards.
  • Wouldn’t you rather visit or live here?
  • Logo signs are the best way to communicate with travelers.
  • Tourists get accurate information when they need it.
  • An example of how to turn off tourists… the Foley Beach Express
  • Don’t even try to see the scenery – it is overrun with billboards.
  • This section of road shows the contrast between lovely trees…
  • …and the ugly blight of billboards. Which place would you rather stop and visit?
  • Speaking of trees, the promotion of greenways and saving public trees is a new Scenic Alabama focus
  • It started with a group in Baldwin County who saw a lovely tree-line road destroyed because a shopping center developer asked to cut the trees. And it ended up that the view was of the back side of the shopping center!
  • We worked with ALDOT to get a new policy that does not allow clear cutting of trees.
  • Our legislative priorities are to create a fair state fee structure for billboards to allow the state to implement and enforce the Highway Beautification Act.
  • We are also going to try and address the problem of illegal roadway signs, by making it possible to legally identify the person responsible for placing them.
  • And although it might be a long way off, we want to work toward a law prohibiting any new billboard construction in Alabama, similar to the law Michigan just enacted.
  • We want to continue the legacy of Lady Bird Johnson in making our highways, the lifeblood of our state, a beautiful reflection of who we are.
  • Alabama is blessed with many lovely views…
  • …which we can develop as part of the tourism experience in our state.

Billboards: Bad for business, bad for communities Billboards: Bad for business, bad for communities Presentation Transcript

  • Beautiful roadways appeal to visitors and residents alike.
  • Or do we want “ litter on a stick” to be our experience?
  • Trees, skies and natural beauty…
  • Or ugly, distracting, overwhelming signs.
  • Many billboards do not promote local venues. This billboard is in Jasper, Ala.
  • Content on billboards cannot be controlled by the government.
  • What do you want people to think of your community?
  • What do you want families to see when they enter your city?
  • Even suggestive advertising canno t be outlawed.
  • Cities have tried unsuccessfully to limit the kinds of businesses that advertise.
  • It’ s hard to promote a family-friendly town when this is what visitors see.
  • Billboard companies claim their product is essential for travelers. How?
  • Althoughbillboards canmake for some ironicjuxtapositions.
  • Billboards cangeneratecontroversyand “ billboardwars” .
  • Once a billboard is up, people want to be as “ in your face” as possible
  • Here are some more examples of bad billboards
  • Billboards overwhelm homes, and if they areconverted to LED, they cause light pollution.
  • Billboards are a blight in historic neighborhoods.
  • Digital Boards like this one are a new problem.
  • They are bright – even glaring – and quite distracting
  • They dominate thestreetscape – which ofcourse is what thebillboard company wants.
  • This one at the San Francisco Bay Bridge has caused a big public outcry
  • Business is better without billboards.Birmingham’ s Five Points South was a blighted area in the 1980s.
  • When the billboards were removed and other improvements made, the area prospered.
  • Today, it is the entertainment center of the city. Frank Stitt’ s nationally renowned Highlands Bar and Grill is here.
  • Unincorporated “ pockets” of land allowedbillboards to destroy lovely views, this one along the Cahaba River.
  • Billboards can distract on roadways where attention is vital.
  • This is the McCalla area with enormous billboards.
  • Wouldn’ t you rather visit or live here?
  • Logo signs are the best way to communicate with travelers.
  • Tourists get accurate information when they need it.
  • An example of how to turn off tourists… theFoley Beach Express
  • Don’ t even try to see the scenery – it is overrun with billboards.
  • This section of roadshows the contrastbetween lovelytrees…
  • …and the ugly blightof billboards. Whichplace would yourather stop and visit?
  • Promoting greenways and saving public trees is a new Scenic Alabama focus
  • It started with a group in Baldwin Countywho saw a lovely tree-lined road destroyed for a shopping center view.
  • We worked withALDOT to get a new policy that does not allow clear cutting of trees for developments.
  • Our legislative priority is a fair state fee forbillboards, to allow the state to implement and enforce the Highway Beautification Act.
  • We are also goingto try and address the problem of illegal roadway signs, by making it possible to legally identify the person responsible for placing them.
  • And although it might be a long way off, we want to work toward alaw prohibiting any new billboard construction in Alabama.
  • We want to continue the legacy of Lady Bird Johnson
  • And make our highways, the lifeblood of our state,
  • a beautiful reflection of who we are.